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    What is your go-to binding method?

    Everyone has a favorite (and not so favorite) method for binding.
    What are your techniques?

    My go-to binding for charity and children's quilts is a 2 1/2 " bias cut, folded binding fabric with a 1/4" seam sewn right sides together to the front of my quilt. I then flip the binding to the back and use a SITD foot to finish it. I use cotton thread that coordinates or will hide in the front of the quilt.

    I have only been hand stitching for special quilts, as I rarely have patience for hand binding. I'm sure that will change someday when my spare time isn't so hard to arrange!

    Occasionally I have tried prairie points.
    Of course, I'm not an expert. I've made less than a dozen quilts, which qualifies me as an avid beginner!

    What works great for you?
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    Machine stitch monofilament
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    0
    Machine stitch coordinating cotton
    51.11%
    46
    Hand stitch
    48.89%
    44
    I get someone else to do it!
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    0

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    #2
    Re: What is your go-to binding method?

    Same as above but I hand sew the edge on the back. Really want to try scallops and prairie points.
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      #3
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      I always did hand binding,, but now I'm making mostly for charity,, so machine stitching,, beginning on the back, so the stitch down can be done on the front... makes the front of the quilt look best...I only make quilts to be used and loved... nothing "perfect", but I get so much joy out of picking fabrics from my stash and getting creative!
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        #4
        Re: What is your go-to binding method?

        My standard is-
        Cut- 2 1/2"
        Folded in half
        Stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back.
        I really enjoy hand stitching I find it a very relaxing way to finish a quilt.
        Last edited by Cathy F; August 21st, 2014, 09:57 PM.
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          #5
          Re: What is your go-to binding method?

          I'm so new to quilting I don't have a standard! But so far, just like Cathy and Grandma Nan. I love the hand stitching, even though it's slow.

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            #6
            Re: What is your go-to binding method?

            This is exactly what I do for my quilts.

            Terri

            Originally posted by Cathy F View Post
            My standard is-
            Cut- 2 1/2"
            Folded in half
            Stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back.
            I really enjoy hand stitching I find it a very relaxing way to finish a quilt.

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              #7
              Re: What is your go-to binding method?

              Same as Cathy F. I do however machine stitch some of the PICU quilts. Sew on the back first for that, the stitch on the front and try to keep it as straight as I can.
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                #8
                Re: What is your go-to binding method?

                I have been machine stitching lately because I give to a charity and I can get the quilts done faster. But, if I'm making them for family or friends, I like to hand stitch.
                :icon_hiya: Coleen

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                  #9
                  Re: What is your go-to binding method?

                  Originally posted by Cathy F View Post
                  My standard is-
                  Cut- 2 1/2"
                  Folded in half
                  Stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back.
                  I really enjoy hand stitching I find it a very relaxing way to finish a quilt.
                  Same here, even for charity quilts. I just like the look of hand binding better.
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                    #10
                    Re: What is your go-to binding method?

                    I tried machine stitching but have never been happy with my results, so I hand sew the binding to the back, all the while being envious of those who are skilled enough to do it by machine!
                    Quilts may come, and quilts may go, but the stitches stay the same.:icon_hi:

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                      #11
                      Re: What is your go-to binding method?

                      As most I machine stitch to the front and hand stitch to the back. My difference is I cut my binding at 2 1/4 inches. It works well for me and I can get more strips from my fabric. Otherwise I never seem to have enough.
                      Chris :icon_wave:

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                        #12
                        Re: What is your go-to binding method?

                        I was cutting my strips 2.5" and using the binding tool. I just made some placemats and cut them 2.25" but I think they could be cut 2" and still be quite adequate. I would love to machine sew them on but I haven't had much luck getting the stitching to stay on the binding on the back. I still hand stitch the binding to the back of my quilts which is very time-consuming. If I end up making charity quilts I'm going to have to practice the machine method.
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                          #13
                          Re: What is your go-to binding method?

                          I read somewhere that pressing the binding flat before sewing by machine helps one get a better result on the back. Has anyone tried this?
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                            #14
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                            I cut 2 1/2 inch strips. Fold in half and sew to the back. Machine stitch on the front. I do press my binding strips and roll on to a heavy cardboard roll till ready to add to quilt.
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                              #15
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                              Hand stitching that binding to the back of the quilt is one of the most satisfying (and probably most accurate) thing I do to a quilt. That and pulling a quilt from the dryer and feeling that first cuddle . . . .
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